Monday, 1 July 2013

Wash Your Fruits


We are aware of the need for cleaning fruits and vegetables thoroughly to remove dirt and bacteria from it. However, we may not be aware of presence of pesticides on them. Another precaution taken by some people is to completely remove the skin and discard. Skins of some fruits and vegetables are not edible and are needed to be removed any way, but skins of some other fruits and vegetables are rich in fibre and minerals. They need not be wasted.  It is suggested in the following articles to use vinegar to remove pesticides as well as bacteria. I have not seen anybody employing these techniques.

1. Wash Your Fruits & Veggies With Vinegar

Many fruits and vegetables are grown with pesticides to get rid of bugs.  Although nobody wants to find a creepy crawly thing in a peach or tomato, according to the Environmental Working Group, even small doses of pesticides can adversely affect your health and are worrisome, not well understood, and in some cases are completely unstudied.

Fortunately, you can drastically reduce your exposure to pesticides and bacteria found on produce with a thorough vinegar and water wash.  Experts found that a white vinegar and water wash kills 98% of bacteria and removes pesticides.

You can concoct your own vinegar/water mixture at home to save money.  You’ll probably spend less than 20 cents  to make a homemade vinegar and water rinse, compared to around $4 for a premade produce wash.  Plus,  you can use the same bottle many times when you make your own wash!

Good Green Habits for Washing Produce

    Mix 3 parts water to 1 part white vinegar (3:1 ) in a spray bottle.
    Spray on fruits and veggies to get rid of pesticide residue.
    Rinse with water after spraying.
    Fill a bowl with water and add 1/8 to 1/2 cup of vinegar, depending on the size of your bowl.
    Place your fruits and veggies in the bowl.
    Soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
    Rinse with water.

Note:The second version is super easy and quick.


2.  This method received from a different mail is essentially the same

We all have the frustrating experience day after day on how quick the fruits perish after purchased and taken home!

For this reason, you and your family will treasure this simple but important piece of information.

I mean how to wash away the chemical on the fruit.
Fill sink with water, add a cup of vinegar and stir. Dip all the fruits and soak for 10 minutes. Wash with water. All the dirt and wax is gone and the fruits will sparkle. They will last.

This will also wash away our fears and doubts about the pesticides and chemical covers on the various fruits.

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